LSD, the hallucinogenic revolution - that nearly was

by Steven Guth


This section is the second  of three on the issue of drugs, their effects on consciousness and the issues they present for Society.  The first, “Human Beings, Nature Spirits, Mushrooms and LSD”, was written over 30 years ago. It is written in the ‘New Age’ style that was in vogue in the 1980’s.  The second, “LSD, hallucinogenic revolution that never was” discusses the discovery of LSD and considers the affect the chemical has on the consciousness and the behavior of people who have ‘tripped’ earlier in life.  The third “Amphetamines, Pervitin, Methamphetamine/Ice” describes the terrifying affect that Amphetamines and Methamphetamines have on consciousness, the brain and the body of users. It makes a point that these modern chemicals are on their way to destroying Australian Society. 


 A pdf of this article is here for downloading

Do Drugs affect Consciousness?

Clearly yes. That’s the point of drugs like aspirin that reduce pain. LSD changes the focus of conscious reality. Coca Cola increases alertness, wine reduces the sharp edges of reality. The list is endless, drugs are a part of human life.

The question that I’m address here is “Do drugs continue to affect us even when we discontinue their use?”

Again, clearly the answer is yes. Wine hangs around in the body for hours, amphetamines for days, cannabis for maybe month or more.

But what about LSD?

Now, this is where it gets interesting. The prime affect lasts for hours, flashbacks can occur for weeks. An LSD event can be so profound that some people totally readjust their lives after an LSD ‘trip’.

I have friends who in the 1960’s and 70’s used LSD and added the insights that it provided into their personalities. Now, some 40 years later, they struggle to function yet remain blissfully unaware that they are ‘drug damaged’ and have lost their ability to structure a series of events.

I have chosen the word “structure” with care. Most are unable to sequence a series of events. I have a dear friend who is now needs a sequential recipe to cook pumpkin soup – get pumpkin, get knife, cut pumpkin into one inch cubes, get pot, place it on stove adjust temperature to 6, add … and so on. In others the inability to sequence backwards appears like ‘senior’s moments’, Alzheimer's syndrome or senile decay. To this sequencing problem can be added other characteristics – inappropriate judgments of reality, externalized reasons for repeated failure and so on. All this is matched with an inner certainly and self-confidence. This powerful mixture of inconsistencies often results in inwardly or outwardly directed fits of anger. In the severely affected schizophrenia becomes the obvious medical diagnosis.

In total this collection of symptoms means that even the mildly LSD effected are unable to function usefully and cannot reliably make judgements when confronted with new pieces of information. So in an organizational structure the drug damaged become dead wood, unable to develop insights or to solve problems.

Energy Vampirism

There is another aspect of the drug damaged that is almost universal. Energy vampirism. The drug damaged are different, uncomfortable and even dangerous to be with. Their ‘vibes’ are often destructive to the people around them.

This makes living in the house with a drug damaged person stultifying difficult. And again the LSD damaged are blissfully unaware of this situation because they externalize the reasons for their ever repeating failures of interpersonal relationships and collapsing living arrangements. Unfortunate in extreme cases the ‘bad vibe’ can penetrate walls and make a block of apartments uncomfortable. Robert, an LSD and mushroom affected person (the Robert from the preceding article) was moved from his family home to sheltered accommodation, then to a caravan park and finally to a shack in a remote forest location. Robert, as the preceding piece discusses, was an extreme case.   Generally the mildly LSD damaged developed insidious techniques to rob energy from housemates by dominating situations, creating frustrations and displaying anger.

Some LSD damaged seem to develop a stability (but not a cure) by becoming deeply spiritual. The spiritual framework can be Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or Metaphysical. What appears to be needed are two or more hour’s daily application to spiritual activity.

I’ve concluded that many, by no means all LSD users ended up drug damaged. Frequent users can escape problems, frequency of use is only one variable, just plain dumb luck seems another. From my observation sometimes one dose can be enough to wreak havoc, most seemed to have survived 6 doses - but few seem to have escaped problems after 20 encounters.

Was it all just the luck of the draw? Genetic predispositions? My guess is that it has much to do with impurities and the precursor chemical used in manufacture. Some LSD was made from natural sources like ergot fungus or morning glory seeds. Some was made from synthetic chemicals. I suspect that LSD derived from synthetics was and is considerably more disruptive.

But please note the ‘is’ in the above paragraph, LSD - and substances like it - still around. Need I add, “Take care, take none”?


The How of LSD, Why is it still here?

I cannot but wonder how and why dangerous forms of LSD have been allowed to have a continued existence on the planet? I’m not one for applying conspiracy theories to the world of social engineering. There are far too many unknown variables and current human personality theories are terribly bad at providing adequate explanations of observed human behavior, yet alone capable of supplying predictive outcomes. No, I tend to think that even major social shifts either happen by ‘chance’ or are guided, mysteriously, even insidiously by non-human intelligence.

(What do I mean by this statement? Am I referring to God, Archangels, The Devil, Folk Souls, the Time Spirit, Space people, Devas? … what’s in a name, a conceptual construction? Suffice to say, “Something that has come from outside our accepted, normal everyday reality.”)


Graham Hancock has publish a book called “Supernatural” that considers the impact that hallucinogenic plants have had on the making of Human civilization. His thesis is that these chemicals allowed (and allow) humans to access their ‘junk’ DNA and gain insights into the supernatural worlds. He defines Supernatural as …

 Supernatural: Due to or manifesting some agency above the forces of nature, outside of the ordinary operation of cause and effect.

 photo OmTimes_Hancock_zps952c0e15.jpgThis is essentially my position as well.  I agree that hallucinogenic plants were used extensively in Neolithic times but I don’t think they were the cause of the giant leap in Human Cultures that occurred just before and after the last ice age 10,000 or so years ago. (I think it was the development of ‘landscape temples’ like Stonehenge that acted like  thought antennas – somewhat analogous to today’s Radio Telescopes … more about this later)  My experience and understanding is that the ‘Supernatural’ worlds of other realties that surround us do not need hallucinogenic substances to be accessed. They can also be reached with mediation techniques or magical rituals – these in some religions and some cultures - supply a ‘key’ that enables the practioner to enter separate realities. In my two “Message Stone” books I describe the use of a stone (akin to an Australian Aboriginal Charinga stone) to open gateways to other realties.

Briefly, while on the topic of similarities between Hancock’s and my ideas. My Antenna Hypothesis of Human Consciousness is more developed form of the idea he expresses in the paragraph I’ve placed below. I agree with him that ‘wavelength’ tuning is the key to accessing other realties, as I mentioned in the preceding paragraph. But I see humans as possessing three major antenna systems each tuned to a vastly different range spectrum of possible consciousnesses: the skull, the skeleton/spine and the lymph system. And I regard consciousness in a sort of high level Buddhist way as universal throughout the total cosmos – yet condensing and focusing (so to say) in different locations – human and otherwise. I consider ‘Deva’s’ – condensed conscious intelligence as residing in all radiating energy locations (from a flower, to a ‘sacred site’, to a hill, or even ‘life’ on a distant planet) - as interacting with us humans. Hancock does not develop these two very useful additional hypothetical concepts. He focuses on the concepts of ‘the brain’ and DNA …

… the brain is fundamentally a receiver of consciousness, not simply a generator of consciousness. To function in the everyday world, our brains have to be set at a certain wavelength, and have to stay pretty much tuned in to that wavelength, like a TV set tuned into a channel. But a variety of means exist (most of them long ago harnessed and exploited by shamans) by which we can change the receiver wavelength of our brains and pick up other realities which are not normally present in our daily perceptions, but are in fact there. So we can reach other dimensions that way, not through some sort of mechanistic fantasy of 21st century technology, but simply through retuning our consciousness - and perhaps that's what these shamanic hallucinogens do.

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The true story of the how and why of LSD


For the true history of LSD, let me introduce you to quotes from “Beyond the Mechanical Mind, based on the radio series …And something Else is Happening” an investigation by Peter Fry and Malcolm Long. Published in Australia in 1977 by the ABC in Australia. The cuts below are annotated for brevity and readability. I see the people who introduced LSD planned to give people (and society) the possibility of accessing other realties, the so called the ‘supernatural’ realties. Their plan was to prevent gross materialism - as represented by the Nazi world view - from swamping the planet. Sadly, even with the defeat of the Nazis in the 2nd World War, materialism has continued to swamp the world.

If I was placed in the same situation as the Anthroposophical Biochemists around Ita Wegman (the people referred to in the extracts below) I think I would have done as they did. The Swiss Biochemists fabricated the “discovery” of LSD and facilitated it’s world wide distribution. And as an afterthought I suspect Graham Hancock where placed in a similar situation he too would have made the same decision.

I make further personal comments after the extracts from “Beyond the Mechanical Mind” that I’ve placed below …

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The Beatniks of the fifties set the style for, and merged into, the Counter-culture of the sixties. Following the American lead, almost every nation in the industrialised West experienced a split - a generation gap - between people who had grown to maturity in the thirties and forties and many of their children who, in the sixties, questioned the political views, social priorities and aspirations of their mentors.

The campus confrontations, the political demonstrations, the experiments with 'hippy' lifestyles followed this cleavage. And there was also the explosion in the use of psychedelic drugs.

The psychedelics became a major channel through which young people could undergo new kinds of experiences. Not to be confused with sedatives or stimulants, the psychedelics have a powerful effect on the human psyche. Psychedelics are literally `mind-revealing'. They bring into awareness forms of consciousness that are usually hidden or unconscious.

In their natural forms — the cactus plant peyote and certain species of mushroom like amanita muscaria are two, examples —these drugs have been used in the religious rites of many cultures. With the development of modem chemistry it has become possible to synthesise these drugs in the laboratory. As a result, the 'flesh of the gods', as the Mexicans had called their sacred mushrooms, could be manufactured cheaply and on a large scale. And, somehow, the liberation of the mind through drugs was a notion which, in the sixties, combined in spirit with the calls for institutional and political freedom made on the campuses and the streets.

At the Stanford Research Institute we asked Dr. Willis Harman to explain how and why all these things — the new romanticism, the politics, the drugs, the communes — came together, as they did, in the last two decades.

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Dr Harman specializes in the study of cultural change and in predicting the shape of society in the future. He has a strong personal involvement in the new ideas that emerged in the late fifties and sixties. As a professor in the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University, he used to conduct seminars on human potentials long before such topics became fashionable.

He spoke to us in his office at the Stanford Research Institute.

Although, now in 1970’s, the visible signs of turmoil which existed in the 1960’s seem to have disappeared, a new social paradigm – a new sensibility – developed in our society that stems from the 1960’s

A very important role was played [in this paradigm shift] by drugs, for example, there were lots of leaders on the campus and off the campus who, if you got them into a situation where they trusted you and were willing to talk would say: "Yes indeed I had a psychedelic experience way back there and it certainly did change my head around. On the other hand I don't have anything to do with drugs now.”

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“If drugs played such a. big role in the sixties, how, as a matter of history, did the psychedelics come to make their entry into popular culture during that period?” story really starts way back in 1935 with a group of followers of the German mystic Rudolf Steiner [i.e. Anthroposophists] who lived in the village of Dornach in the Switzerland near Basel. In 1935 a dark cloud was over Europe so members of the group set out to very deliberately to synthesize chemical which were like the natural vegetable substances which they were well aware had been used in all the world’s major religions traditions down through the centuries. By 1938 they had synthesized psilocybin, LSD and about thirty other drugs. Then they stopped to think about the consequences of letting all of this loose, and decided against it. They decided that they were not sure what the negative effects of the drugs would be and that it just wasn’t a very wise thing to do.

Five years later, in 1943, when Europe was really in bad shape, [and the group’s leader Dr. Ita Wegman had died in mysterious circumstances] they decided, apparently, that the possible negative consequences were nothing compared to the consequences of not doing this.

Now, two members of this group, which lived in a very tight religious community, were in the Sandoz chemical company - that’s partly how this project came to be. One of them was the chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann. He cooked up the newspaper story, that everyone has heard now, about the accidental ingestion of LSD and the realization of what its properties were after an amazing bicycle ride home and the visions and so on. This group quietly gave supplies of the chemical to a number of doctors around the world in Europe and the United States and Canada - and tried to explain to them what it was they were on about.

Well, this was a very difficult thing to try to explain, and most of the doctors and research scientists thought they knew better. They did various kinds of experiments with LSD but the experiments were not really to the point. For example, one group in Canada discovered they could make people artificially psychotic with LSD so they were training psychiatrists by helping them understand what a psychotic patient feels like ….

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And why the LSD revolution didn’t happen

When it became obvious that LSD could, and did, lead to deep insights and that LSD had the potential for creating a spiritual restructuring of society (the ‘New Age’ revolution) the existing power structure panicked. Consequently the LSD driven Hippie revolution was derailed. I suspect the derailment was achieved by insuring that only the dangerous precursor LSD manufacturing chemicals were available. This meant that LSD users were likely to become the drug damaged, unable to sequence events and subsequently politically impotent.

So the hippy revolution which had been plunked on top of post 2nd World War humanism never came to pass. Potential leaders were destroyed and way opened for Yuppies with their self-seeking ways to dominate society. This has led to a whole new generation of non-hallucinogenic substances from cocaine to the new designer power chemicals that affect consciousness and make users feel good …

“The first time I took it, [Meth] it made my scalp tingle, it gave me a feeling of wellbeing and confidence. The good feeling goes up and down. Some people have it for 3 or 4 days. They keep taking it over that period and have a bindge.” Quote from ‘Cassell’ interviewed by Clare Swinney. Her comment follows … Great sex gifted by drugs, euphoria and self-confidence is driving some users to repeat the pleasure-producing behavior and douse their brains with meth over, and over, and over again, every day …” from about a third of the way through the article.

Read the next article in this series of three to get a frightening overview of the Meth scene …



Further thoughts on Hallucinogens and the damage they can cause


2006-10-25 Amanita muscaria crop.jpgSome ‘Magic Mushroom’ can result in quick and profound damage to the personality. ‘Blue Meanies’ seem particularly dangerous, Fly Agaric seems fairly safe. Mushrooms seem to create a sort of Mycelium (the branching thread like root of funguses) consciousness. In terms of Antenna theory they turn the human body into a fungus web with its own spectrum of vibration. This is extremely uncomfortable to people and is damaging to people who are within 15 to 50 meters. In fact all drug damaged individuals have a presence that negatively affects people living nearby.

Another way of considering the effect of LSD


Does LSD lodge in the spine and slowly accumulate further damage – to the DNA, Genetic structure, Synaptic connections, brain biochemistry, or whatever?

Clairvoyant observation suggests that the focus of LSD’s continuing activity is the hypothalamus, the area that links the old brain to the new.

The result of chronic LSD decay is that the individual needs to create constant activity within the skull brain, the new brain, by activities that focus on the higher, cosmic aspects of human endeavor.

If this doesn’t happen the old brain, the spine brain takes possession of the personality.

Possession seems a natural by-product of the old brain (the Double, the Monkey Mind) dominance.

In terms of Steven Guth’s Human Consciousness / Antenna descriptions, the hypothalamus becomes readily attuned and reprogramed by possessing ‘entities’ (blobs of floating consciousness) that can them use human  white and grey brain cells to create its own point of focus in Human physical reality.

As this occurs the existing ‘higher self’ personality deteriorates, the possessing entity slowly rewires the synaptic connections so that old brain, the Monkey Mind, becomes a useful servant to its needs.